One of the last great alt-rock acts to make any kind of mainstream waves before Internet killed the CD star, The Dandy Warhols are back’ well, sort of’ in the label retrospective, “The Capitol Years: 1995-2007.” The 15-track collection rounds up the finest of their tenure with Capitol Records. Hot diggity dog!
Perhaps not coincidentally, that decade-and-then-some aligns with the indie group’s peak of success, and the bulk of the best comes culled from two albums: the 2000 breakthrough “Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia” and its 2003 synth-pop-flavored follow-up, “Welcome to the Monkey House.”
Whereas most albums seem front-loaded with the gems, they lie smack in the middle here, arguably starting with the horny’ literally’ “Godless,” which leads into the raunchy, raucous, shit-kickin’ anthem to the quickie, “Get Off,” wonderfully flavored with Ennio Morricone-style touches. The tongue-in-cheek party continues with “Bohemian Like You” and, in particular, the Warhols’ pop pinnacle, “We Used to Be Friends,” the very definition of a perfect, infectious, three-minute single.
“Scientist” tinkers a bit too much with its robo-rock approach, but “The Last High” remains a wonderfully slick, sweet, mid-tempo ballad. Other notable tracks include “Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth” and the new “This Is the Tide,” recorded in April.
It’s a solid (and, hey, where’s “Solid”?), if ugly-looking package. My concern, however, is that with a lack of liner notes, this introduction to the Warhols may not be as welcome to newcomers as it could. “Rod Lott